Thrunite T10 Flashlight Review

Preface

I recently reviewed the Thrunite TH20, and Thrunite asked for me to run the T10 through the paces too. It’s another AA/14500 light, which I typically like anyway.


Official Specs and Features

Versions

Just two, a cool white and neutral white version.  There’s also a [discontinued] T10T – a titanium version.

MSRP

$23.95, but even at Thrunite the price has dropped to $21.95.  And often the coupon code “Thrunite” will take 5% off the cost.


Short Review

Superb build quality, multicell support make this a great little pocket light, but it could use an emitter upgrade from the aging XP-L.

Long Review

What’s Included

  • Thrunite T10
  • Diffuser cone
  • Spare O-ring
  • Pocket clip
  • Carrying tin
  • Manual

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Pictures

Here’s the full photo album, here’s a beamshot album, and here’s the runtime.

Package and Manual

The package is superb.  There’s a tin inside a cardboard sleeve.  This packaging seems a little bit excessive, namely because I’ll never use a tin like this for carrying the light or… much, really.  But it does cause the light to arrive from shipment in perfect condition.

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The manual is finally right.  It’s a big fold out sheet but the folds match the sections on the manual.  So, the sheet can be unfolded two-folds, and the whole English manual is shown.  Flipped over, and another entire language is displayed.  I really wish more manufacturers would get this right!

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Build Quality and Disassembly

I have been extremely pleased with the build quality of this light.  The only thing I don’t like is the anodizing, but that’s nit-picking.  The light is very …. well you know that feeling heavy tools have?  This small light has that.  Very “fit” and considered build.  The most striking aspect of the light is immediately the bezel, which has a stainless steel appearance.  It’s probably aluminum (not even a hint of magnetism in it), but it could be actual stainless.  Either way it’s a very nice crown to this T10.

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I’m also very pleased with the clip.  More on it later in the Carry section, but I love how well thought it is – it’s easily removable and allows for a deep carry.

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Back to the build.  This light has perfectly lubed threads, which – though they don’t seem to be ACME threads, do operate very smoothly with no hint of cross action.  The tailcap is also threaded, but I wasn’t able to get it unscrewed (with little effort).

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Others have disassembled similar Thrunite lights for emitter swaps.  I think the bezel will unscrew on this light as well, and in my opinion that’s a huge bonus.  The XP-L emitter here is quite dated and this little body would benefit from an emitter upgrade.

Size

This light is a fantastic size for in pocket carry.  In fact for the first few days of using the light, I didn’t even install the clip, and carried the T10 as a third light, deep in my pockets.  I love it there.  Plenty of room for another 18650 or two on the topside, while having a functional backup.

Here are some size comparison shots.

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Retention

The T10 package includes a pocket clip, which comes uninstalled.  It’s a tension clip, and easy to install or uninstall.  It’s not too easy to uninstall though – it doesn’t seem to separate unintentionally.    There’s nothing else, unless you count the tin (which I don’t.)

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Power

Two options for powering this small light:  AA, or 14500.  The higher voltage of the 14500 cells will in fact provide higher output, but at the cost of shorter (and strangely terminating) runtimes.

I’ve read that the T10 doesn’t have low voltage protection.  AA (Eneloop) termination on the High runtime was 0.857V.  14500 termination on the High runtime was 3.27V. (EVVA 800mAh protected).  Note that on the high runtime, the cutoff for the 14500 was very dramatic, and (if someone forced me to guess), timed.  Timed cutoffs probably do mean lack of LVP, so if you run an already-low 14500, you may run into issues.

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User Interface and Operation

The interface on the T10 is a single reverse tail clicky.  Reverse tail clickies are probably my favorite ….  at least of the mechanical switch variety, because they can be leveraged for so much fun.  Namely, mode changing while “on.”  And of course, almost negligible chance of accidental activation.

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Here’s the UI table:

State Action Result
Off Click On (Mode memory)
Off Half Click or Hold No Action
On Click Off
On Half Click OR Loosen head, tighten head within 2 seconds OR Double click Mode cycle (F>L>H)
Any Loosen Head Lockout

LED and Beam

The emitter of choice in this Thrunite is a Cree XP-L.  I’d like to say that’s really an XM-L2, but it’s not.  So the led is outdated right out of the gate.  Still the beam really isn’t all that bad of a tint, and the shape is great for this small type light.  Of course, older emitters will be less efficient, so bear that in mind.

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Beamshots, Runtime, and Lux Measurements

Brand Thrunite
Model T10
Emitter Cree XP-L
Emitter Notes V6
Runtime AA/14500
Beamshots [0.3″, f/8, ISO 100, 5000k] AA/14500
Claimed Lumens (lm) 252
Lux (Measured) 100, 129
At (m) 3.498, 3.571
Candela ([Calculated]) in cd 1223.60, 1645.01
Throw ([Calculated]) (m) 69.96, 81.12
Throw (Claimed) (m) 65

14500 is in bold above.

And for further comparisons to other lights I’ve looked at, please see the Big Ol Table.

Random Comparisons and Competitive Options….

There are a bunch of Armytek lights, and a few lesser known brands (one by Skilhunt that’s probably great!) that are similar to the T10.  The T10 has great build quality, is rather inexpensive, and the emitter can be swapped relatively easily.  This seems like a good option.

Conclusion

What I like

  • AA/14500 support
  • Size is great for pocket carry
  • Feels like a quality tool

What I don’t like

  • Old emitter!
  • Anodizing seems a touch thin.

Up Next

My review schedule looks something like this, but not set in stone:  Lumintop EDC25, Lumintop SD26, Oveready Boss, and pretty soon I’ll have a bunch more knives!!  More detailed ‘upcoming’ can be seen on my blog.

Notes

  • Thanks to Thrunite for sending this light for review!  I was received this light at no cost, but was not paid to write this review.
  • This review was written for reddit.com/r/flashlight, and that’s where it’ll appear immediately after appearing on this blog.
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